Canoe Evans River paddle route


-29.134213, 153.415990

If you want a water based adventure without getting your feet too wet, it could be hard to pass up the chance to paddle up the Evans River at the northern tip of Bundjalung National Park. Here, the river, ocean and rainforest meet in a festival for the senses.


Paddling upstream from Gummigurrah picnic area, the outside world will melt away as you pass river islands, mangroves, rainforest as well as heathland and coastal banksia. A birdwatching paradise, listen for the distinct call of the eastern whip-bird and the toy trumpet like call of the rare barred cuckoo shrike. You might glimpse shorebirds such as the white faced heron or pied oystercatcher.


At dawn and dusk, eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies often come out to feed. Scour the tops of nearby trees and there could be a sleeping koala or two. Stretch your legs along Gummigurrah walking track after returning.

Getting there:

Canoe Evans River paddle route is in the Evans Head precinct of Bundjalung National Park. To get there:

  • From Evans Head, head south along Woodburn Street
  • Take Elm Street across the Evans River
  • Take the first right into Bundjalung Road and continue to Gummigurrah picnic area.

8km one way - 3 hours each way


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Opening Hours : 24-Jul

Public Holidays : Yes

Safety Considerations :

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and take plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at Evans River, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • Check the weather before you set out as Evans River paddle route can be affected by floods when it rains
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Toilet facilities are located in Evans Head
  • Please note there are no toilet facilities at Gummigurrah picnic area
  • It’s a good idea to take insect repellent with you

Cost : $0.00

Distance : No

Public Amenities :

Terrain : Natural Trail

Parking : Provided in the Area

Intensity : Level 2

Location: -29.134213, 153.415990


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